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“A rich and haunting novel that explores a world where magic is forbidden.” (- The Washington Post)
“[Bacigalupi and Buckell] create a damaged world that is frightening in its implications for human suffering. Readers looking for dystopian fantasy with strong female characters will devour the stories of this world and eagerly wait for more.” (- Shelf Awareness)
"Better known for their science fiction, Buckell and Bacigalupi are adept in their use of fantasy motifs. Khaim is textured, a vivid setting only begun to be explored. [These] novellas succeed as action-packed individual stories." (- San Francisco Chronicle)
"Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell team up to bring a gripping fantasy to life." (- Kirkus Reviews)
“All four stories are beautiful, subtle and well worth every moment spent reading them." (- BookPage)
"The collective effect is that of a series of intriguing trailers for a tantalizing epic film." (--Gary K. Wolfe , Locus)
“I found the book surprisingly hopeful. Resistance in the face of a corrupt government and broken systems can take many forms. Even though the characters live in constant fear, they all find ways to resist, even if it’s just standing up for doing what’s right. In today’s climate of distrust and fake news, it’s both devastating and yet encouraging.”
(- Lightspeed Magazine)
"The Tangled Lands is a gripping story of resistance set in the last city of a crumbling empire, run by a tyrant and his henchman." (- Powell's Books)
"I loved the world building in this book of four short stories set during the same time period in a world where magic has been banned by a corrupt government." (- R.J. Julia Booksellers)
About the Author
Called “violent, poetic, and compulsively readable” by Maclean’s, science fiction author Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times bestselling writer born in the Caribbean. He grew up in Grenada and spent time in the British and US Virgin Islands, and these places influence much of his work. His Xenowealth series begins with Crystal Rain. Along with other stand-alone novels and his more than fifty stories, Tobias’s works have been translated into eighteen different languages. He has been nominated for such awards as the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus, and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Author. His latest original novels are Hurricane Fever, a follow-up to the successful Arctic Rising, which NPR says will “give you the shivers,” and the acclaimed Halo: Envoy. He currently lives in Ohio, with his wife, twin daughters, and a pair of dogs. He can be found online at TobiasBuckell.com.
- ASIN : B074ZKDWRS
- Publisher : Gallery / Saga Press; Reprint edition (February 27, 2018)
- Publication date : February 27, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 7529 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 273 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #401,144 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The world portrayed in The Tangled Lands has the similar theme of environmental destruction of most of Bacigalupi's books, but this time with a fantasy twist. The book easily laid out the world and its rules in four short novellas focusing on different main characters with many of the same supporting characters. This book didn't have the same feel of the gritty realism of meanness of the world found in The Water Knife, which is what I was hoping for. For a fantasy book though, it did not leave me disappointed.
This is going to sound petty, but–the only frustrating thing about this book was the font which I found distracting. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason why certain letters would connect.
I don't read a lot of fantasy, but am delighted to have read this book! It's actually four, short, interconnected tales of a place where magic was routinely used, which brought about just a wee bit of societal destruction. These stories are sequentially in the aftermath of that. Each story is well told, and the characters are well developed. (Or as well developed as it can get in a short story).
Given the premise of the landscape, the plots flow well, and the crisis are quite logical. (Oh my, did I just say that there was logic in a fantasy?!)
I hope the authors return to this place again!
The constant struggle of the human inhabitants to survive in the face of this plant borne curse causes constant conflict between the upper class lords and lower class that are doomed to fight the evil plant demons.